Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Eerie similarities to Grisham non-fiction book with Georgia case

Scalia's Right, It's All Perfectly Legal to Kill An Innocent Man | Crooks and Liars

So, the supreme court is not getting involved with a case where a man in Georgia is likely able to prove his innocence even though he will end up being wrongly put to death.  This case sounds so eerily familiar to the true story The Innocent Man.  At least there was some actual dissent among the justices on this one.

What is it with the south and wrongful convictions though?  Grisham's book was about a case in Oklahoma where their appellate courts almost rubber-stamp-ignored the attempts to hear the exonerating evidence for decades.  The man was finally saved hours before he was to be put to death.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Glenn Beck Zaniness continues

This is one of the most popular videos now on Youtube where Glenn Beck dons his tinfoil hat and claims a conspiracy theory about the government taking over your PC for participating in the 'cash for clunkers' program.  Here's my response:

Actually, I looked into this and it is known that Glenn Beck is not the most credible source on a lot of stuff, and it turns out this is no exception:  http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/clunkers.asp

For the real wacky Glenn Beck, check these out:
He goes on an insane rant against one of his callers:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA7-BvVDV10
He tries to defend his insane rant above:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if3wVXSMw4M
He's a global warming denier:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft8LfE7AI2w
Glenn agrees that what the US needs is another attack from Al Qaeda; that 'the only hope for the country was for Osama Bin Laden to "deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States." ':  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auQJVhNH99c
Glenn calls Obama a racist (sounds like Rush Limbaugh):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzKFYcHKbnk
Which sparked a campaign to get advertisers to pull out from his program.  Many have, including GEICO, Men's Wearhouse and others:  http://colorofchange.org/beck/message.html
Just bizarre full-on crying on air:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HWKzobeya4
Glenn jokes about putting poison in Nancy Pelosi's wine:  http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/glenn-beck-jokes-about-putting-poiso
Glenn boasts about how he brought a gun to a movie:  http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/22/beck-gun-movies/

He's also part of a vocal extremist minority of "birthers" and "deathers" who are spouting insane conspiracy theories and stirring unrest against the president that may well lead to violence by the crazy factions of our society.






From: Brian
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 4:06 PM



This is very interesting
Scarey stuff.  A friend told me about this earlier but I hadn’t seen it on the air.

DO NOT EVER, EVER, EVER, ! ! ! ! !  go to  <http://cars.gov/> cars.gov until you watch this video from FOX news.  This is the scariest takeover of our lives the government has ever tried.  The Obama "Car Czar" is at work.




Be sure to let everyone on your email list know about this ASAP

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

One car show I'm not sad I missed

Cruising for Jesus.  California's biggest Christian car show!

Of course, NO ALCOHOL.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Latest entry in the horrible UI category

There are some companies that just should not be allowed anywhere near a UI.  Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and of course PeopleSoft (now part of Oracle) to name a few.

Case in point is PeopleSoft (Oracle)  I happened to need to report some vacation time and noticed this gem that made me read the logic several times to make sure I chose correctly:

Okay, 99.9% of all other UIs would have the logic 180 degrees opposite of this (choose OK to continue, Cancel to go back).  But why be conventional when you can be obtuse?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Palin haiku entries

I posted three, with a theme of trying to use her own words to answer the question.
Palin embodies
"Politics as usual":
Cash in while you can
Governing is hard.
It's much easier to take
"A quitter's way out"
"Let me tell you...I'm"
"A maverick...nuc-u-lar"
"Hockey mom...you know"
Left Take:: $20.09 HAIKU contest: Why Sarah Palin is a jackass
Let's try something new -- a "haiku" contest.

$20.12 for the "best" haiku, spelling out why Sarah Palin is a jackass. Awarded at 5pm (eastern) Friday, August 14th.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Prediction: 'Persecuted Christian' propaganda chain email fodder

There are so many lying, hypocritical fundamentalists, why, I can hardly keep track of them all. But let's start today with former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, since his fabricated tale of woe has made him such a favorite of fundies sunk deep in their persecution complex

10 things Obama did wrong on health care

Pretty much sums up my impressions, although I've been out of the loop while on vacation.

Ten Things Obama Did Wrong on Health-Care Reform | Crooks and Liars

"Uncle Sam" billboard spouts Birther nonsense

I noticed on my way back from California today that the right-wing "Uncle Sam" billboard had a birther conspiracy theorist saying on it.  I was driving and my wife was asleep, else I would have gotten a photo.  The caption read:
"Where's the birth certificate?"
Ugh.  Idiots.

Map - Right-Wing Uncle Sam Billboard, Chehalis, WA